Fidecine gets three committee members

Fund ushers in Lozano, Birman, Collado

MEXICO CITY -- Fidecine, a state film fund that has played a significant role in Mexico's cinema resurgence, has tapped three new committee members to oversee production, distribution and exhibition.

Monica Lozano, president of the Mexican Independent Producers Assn. and associate producer of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Amores Perros," is looking after production development.

Daniel Birman, head of distributor Film House and producer of Mexico's all-time boxoffice champ, "The Crime of Father Amaro," is overseeing distribution.

Handling exhibition is Fernando Collado, programming director for Cinemark in Mexico and Central America.

Operated by Mexican film institute Imcine, the Fidecine fund backs commercial productions. Last year, it partially financed 19 Mexican features. Among recent titles it has supported are Fernando Eimbcke's "Lake Tahoe," Rodrigo Pla's "La Zona" (The Zone) and Patricia Riggen's boxoffice hit "Under the Same Moon."